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Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 17, 2021

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Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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May 22-Aug. 21. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

July 7, 8 p.m.-July 9, 5 p.m.: "An Impossible Love" (Catherine Corsini, 2018). Drama about a brief but passionate affair that results in a decades long legal battle over a daughter. French, subtitles.

July 10, 11 p.m.-July 13, 8 p.m.: "Breaking Bread" (Beth Elise Hawk, 2021). Documentary about Israeli chef Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, a Muslim Arab who recently won the Israeli cooking competition MasterChef. Hebrew, subtitles.

July 13, 8 p.m.-July 16, 6 p.m.: "Thou Shalt Not Hate" (Mauro Mancini, 2020). Drama about a doctor-the son of a holocaust survivor-and his neo-Nazi patient. Italian, subtitles.

July 20, 8 p.m.-July 23, 6 p.m.: "Aulcie" (Dani Menkin, 2020). Documentary exploring the life and career of the American-Israeli pro basketball player Aulcie Perry.

July 24, 11 p.m.-July 27, 8 p.m.: "The Sign Painter" (Viesturs Kairišs, 2020). Historical drama about the modest life of a young Latvian man who's enlisted in WWII. Latvian, subtitles.

July 27, 8 p.m.-July 30, 6 p.m.: Narrative Short Films. A program of short films: Mum's Hairpins (Tatiana Fedorovskaya, 2019). A young Ukranian boy only has his mom's hairpins to escape Nazi-German soldiers. Cinema Rex (Mayan Engelman & Eliran Peled, 2020). Animation about two kids from different backgrounds who connect through cinema. White Eye (Tomer Shushan, 2019). Drama about a man who attempts to retrieve his stolen bicycle from it's new owner. Hebrew, subtitles. In Our Synagogue (Ivan Orlenko, 2019). Adaptation of Franz Kafka's eerie short story of the same title. Yiddish, subtitles. Letters to God (Yves Cohen, 2019). A distraught man gets a job at the Jerusalem Post Office letters to God department. Hebrew, subtitles. The Disappearing Act (Billy Kent, 2020). Comedy about a magician who's rehearsing his virtual act for a Zoom bar mitzvah. Deep Blue (Itamar Schwartz, 2020). While mourning the death of his wife, a man tries to operate the washing machine without success. Hebrew, subtitles. The Book of Ruth (Chen Drachman & Becca Roth, 2019). Drama about a family's Passover celebration.

July 31, 8 p.m.-Aug. 3, 8 p.m.: "They Ain't Ready For Me" (Brad Rothschild, 2020). Documentary about Tamar Manasseh, a Black rabbinical student who's leading a fight against gun violence on the south side of Chicago.

Online this year at $12 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10). 971-0990. [map]

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"Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Main in the Waters": Michigan Theater Foundation Virtual Movie Palace.

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(Rosalynde LeBlanc, Tom Hurwitz, 2021). Online screening of this documentary that explores the making and legacy of D-Man in the Waters, a memorial dance for a former Bill T. Jones Dance company member that died from AIDS. Available for 48 after you start watching.
Online at $12 per film (for members, $10).

 7:30 PM 

"Spike Lee Joints: A Retrospective": Michigan Theater.

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Every Sat. in July & Aug. Films by the acclaimed director, who's known for challenging race relations and other controversial topics.

July 3: "Do The Right Thing" (1989). Racial inequality drives neighborhood conflict on the hottest day of the summer.

July 10: "Da 5 Bloods" (2020). Four agin Vietnam War veterans return to Vietnam in search of their fallen squad leader, as well as the buried treasure they stashed.

July 17: "BlacKKKlansman" (2018). An African American cop manages to successfully infiltrate the local KKK chapter so well he becomes its leader.

July 24: "Jungle Fever" (1991). Drama about the beginning and end of an extramarital interracial relationship in NYC.

July 31: "Inside Man" (2006). A bank robber, detective, and elusive power broker enter into high stakes negotiations after an elaborate heist.

$10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 8 a.m.-noon  Online 

1st Annual Strides Against Abuse 5K Run/Walk: Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

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Do you like to Run? Walk? Get the kids outside? Explore the great outdoors? Do you also care about kids' safety and building a strong community? Then this is the event for you!
The Washtenaw Area Council for Children is proud to present our 1st Annual - Strides Against Abuse 5K Run/Walk!
All proceeds support our mission to prevent child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
This combo live/virtual race will take place from July 17th- July 24th. In partnership with St. Joseph's Hospital we will hold a kick-off LIVE event on July 17th from 8AM-12PM at St. Joe's Medical Arts Building Parking Lot (our office) so you can pick up your t-shirt and medal. Maps of the local 5K Route will be provided.
Whether it's hot, cold, sunny or rainy, this is the perfect time to get out and run or walk with friends and family to support the safety and well-being of children and communities in Washtenaw County.
Register today to run to prevent child abuse! Sponsorships are available as well!
Washtenaw Medical Arts Building, 3075 W. Clark Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Online. $35-$45. 7344344215 [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 9:15-11:30 a.m  Online 

"Indigo Shibori: Dyeing from Itajime, Arashi, Nui, Kumo, & Beyond": The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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American textile designer Debbie Maddy discusses (via Zoom) Japanese techniques of fabric dyeing. Q&A. Then, all invited to show off their quilting projects to members. The program begins with a brief business meeting.
For URL see Price TBA.

 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine.

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Show and sale of apothecary items and herbal products used for anxiety, sleep quality, and stress. Gaia Center for Herbal Studies founder Mary Light on hand to answer questions. Also, students of this school give free 15-minute walk-in massages, along with foot reflexology sessions for $10.
AASM, 3684 W. Liberty, ste. B. Free. 769-7794. [map]

 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 15-17. Our perennial 3-day tent city within a city houses more than 1,000 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 3 separate fairs. Also, live music, presented by the Ark, at the corner of Main & Liberty and State & South University at various times TBA throughout the fair. Other activities TBA. There will be no art activity zone or other large activities that encourage people to gather closely. Masks encouraged.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Ann Arbor. Free admission.,, (800) 888-9487. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

"Great Lakes VegBash"

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July 16-18. Showcase of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food by area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. Live music, kids entertainment, a beer tent.
4-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $12 (seniors, $11; kids ages 6-12, $10; age 4 or under, free) in advance at; $1 more at the gate. (888) 504-8103. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Young Outdoor Explorers: Tiny Animals": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Ages 3-6 (accompanied by an adult) invited for a sensory exploration using magnifiers and other hands-on tools & techniques led by a park naturalist.
Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid, preregistration required by 4 p.m. July 15., 426-8211. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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U-M carillon students Kevin Lieberman, Deanna Shih, Abigail Findley, and Jenna Moon play a variety of tunes on this 17-bell chime. Preceded by a brief introduction.
Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation (via Zoom) about death. Hosted by The Dying Year owner Merilynne Rush, Diana Cramer and Rachel Briggs.
For URL email Merilynne at Free.

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Islanders": The Purple Rose Theatre Company/Chelsea District Library.

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Guy Sanville directs a livestreamed reading of Pennsylvania-based playwright (and longtime Purple Rose resident artist) Carey Crim's drama about a recluse living contently on a remote island who loses control of her life when a charming but secretive man moves in next to her. Stars Michelle Mountain and Richard McWilliams. Post-performance talkback with the cast, playwright, and director. Last reading of a series of works Purple Rose is considering for its upcoming season.
For URL preregister at Free. 475-8732.

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Apple Worldwide Developers Conference": MacTechnics.

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Local Apple systems trainer Christopher Anderson discusses new Apple software highlighted at this recent conference. Mac questions of any kind welcome.
For URL email Free.

 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch 'n' Learn: From Electric Cars to Panera: Contemporary Issues in Jewish Law": Beth Israel Congregation.

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BIC rabbi Ivan Caine leads an informal discussion on the modern Jewish American code of conduct. Eat while others talk, if you wish.
For URL email Free.

 12:30 p.m.  Online 

"Yoga Sticks and Clicks": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Now that the weather is starting to warm up, join Mota Thai Yoga outside at West Park for Yoga Sticks and Clicks every Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm (weather permitting). This hybrid class is a combination of yoga, cardio drumming, and pound. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle and (optional) ball and bucket and/or drum sticks.
There is a parking lot at 215 Chapin St, or street parking is available on N 7th St between Miller Ave and Huron St. The class will take place next to the amphitheater.
Hope to see you there! Pre-register at Questions? Email us at
West Park, 215 Chapin St. Online. Donation. $10-$20. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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July 11, 17, 24, 25 & 31. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

July 11: Olson Park.

July 17: Kuebler Landford.

July 24: Furstenberg Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Furstenberg Native Plant Garden, and Ruthven Nature Area.

July 25: Bird Hills.

July 31: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon).

1-4 p.m. (except as noted). Preregister at for various meeting location. Free. 794-6627. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Psychic Saturday Party": Enlightened Soul Center.

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Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Parties. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and healings at one time, under one roof!
SUMMER HOURS: 2:00-8:00 PM
Admission: $3 at the door = FREE gift, FREE snacks, FREE parking
Readings & Energy Work: $2/minute (15-minute minimum)
Cash & credit/debit accepted
BACK at the PARTY: REV. JODY HIGGINS - Evidential Psychic Medium
LUCIA MALLOY-RANGEL - Intuitive Psychic Medium
NANCY LANE - Intuitive Channel & Medical Intuitive
MICHELLE MICHAEL - Psychic Medium & Channel
OMAR & JENNIFER - Shamanic Healing & Chakra Reiki
LORI CURRY - Intuitive Reiki
- Crystal stones
- Gemstone jewelry
- Protective sprays & stones (hematite, black tourmaline)
- Pendulums
- Sage, Palo Santo n Salt t
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor 48108. $3. 734-358-0218. [map]

 2-2:30 p.m. & 4-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 2:30-3:30 & 4-5 p.m.  Online 

"A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call by 600 Highwaymen": Ann Arbor Summer Festival/UMMA.

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July 13-18. NYC theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone-the duo behind the Obie-winning company 600 Highwaymen-curate this virtual interactive performance art piece in which 2 randomly chosen ticket holders speak on the phone and, guided by an automated voice, follow a scripted set of prompts. The questions start out silly ("Name the yellow-colored items around you.") and progressively get more intimate ("What's a detail you think someone wouldn't notice in a person they admired"), encouraging storytelling, triggering imagination, and nurturing empathy. After an hour of connecting, or not, the phone call finishes in the same fashion as the beginning: with an instruction to hang up. Suitable for ages 16 & up.
5:30-6:30 & 7-8 p.m., 8:30-9 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), and 2:30-3:30 & 4-5 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.). Tickets $10 (students, $5) at [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Summer of Ghibli": Michigan Theater.

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Every Sat. in July & Aug. Screenings of films from the renowned Japanese animation film studio Studio Ghibli.

July 3: "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" (Isao Takahata, 2013). Drama about a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo who grows rapidly into an enthralling young princess.

July 10: "Kiki's Delivery Service" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989). Coming-of-age story about a teen witch trying to find her place in the world.

July 17: "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984). A gentle young girl in a post-apocalyptic world leads a project to restore the bond between humanity and the earth.

July 24: "The Cat Returns" (Hiroyuki Morita, 2002). A schoolgirl befriends a cat that turns out to be a magical prince who wants her to marry him and live in the Kingdom of Cats.

July 24: "The Cat Returns" (Hiroyuki Morita, 1997). Epic fantasy adventure, set in Japan's Iron Age, detailing the siege by samurai and forest gods of a remote village populated by society's outcasts.

$10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 4-8 p.m. 

68th Annual Manchester Chicken Broil.

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About 9,000 chickens are cooked over nearly 5 tons of charcoal in four 100-foot-long broiling pits. Dinner includes half a chicken, dinner roll, homemade coleslaw, radishes, potato chips, and a beverage. Ice cream, water, and pop available. Also, a classic car show and live music by local soul, blues, and country quintet Billie Lewis & the Soulbacks. Drive-through service available.
Alumni Memorial Field (Vernon & Wolverine), Manchester. Shuttle from Riverside Intermediate School, 710 E. Main. Tickets $11 in advance at most downtown Manchester businesses, and other locations listed at; $12 at the gate. 320-2620.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Slam!": Northside Community Church.

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July 10, 17, & 24. Informal open mic for area talent. Masks required for people not fully vaccinated.
4:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:20 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 649-7948. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Paul Keller Jazz Quartet: First Presbyterian Church Jazz Vespers.

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Jazz on the church lawn by this local ensemble led by bassist Keller, interspersed with spiritual readings. Canceled in case of rain.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Sacred Cacao Ceremony": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Drinking ceremonial cacao is considered spiritual medicine by many indigenous cultures around the world. As we sit together in a small group and consume this sacred beverage, practice mindfulness, participate in guided meditation with intention in a backdrop of sacred sound, our soul is nourished, our heart opens and we experience greater spaciousness. It is a time for deeper reflection and connection.
Group size limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration required.
Please arrive 10 minutes early. Bring a yoga mat, meditation cushion and optional shawl/blanket. Facilitated by Victoria.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $35. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity. (866) 496-0535. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Broken Branch Summer Series.

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July 3, 17, & 31. Outdoor concert series. Bring a chair or blankets to sit on. Gas grill on site. No pets. Capacity limited to 100 people; preregistration available. Tonight: Local pop-folk singer-songwriter Mike Gentry, whom longtime Guitar Player editor Jas Obrecht praises as "brilliant at coffeehouse-approved acoustic music, blistering hard rock, and most styles in between."
6090 Plymouth Rd. (park across the street or on the shoulder of Plymouth Rd.). Free admission, but donations accepted., [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spontaneous Jammers

Local rock 'n' roll band. [venue info]


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